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KFWB Los Angeles Radio
by Alex Cosper

see also American Radio History

Introduction 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Los Angeles Radio History


STATION HISTORY: KABC KBBQ KBIG KBLA KDAY KEZY KFAC KFOX KFWB KGBS KGFJ KGIL KHJ KIEV KIIS KIQQ KKBT KKDJ KLAC KLOS KLSX KMET KMPC KNAC KNX KOST KPOL KPPC KPWR KQLZ KRLA KROQ KRTH KSRF KTNQ KTWV KUTE KWST KZLA XPRS

The WB in KFWB comes from a familiar name: Warner Brothers, the company that launched the station in 1925. The station became a haven for musical talent throughout its early decades, elevating the career of Bing Crosby and countless other musical acts on radio. The station expanded in 1937 to six large studios and a 500-seat theater. In 1946 the station hired Maurce Hart from WNEW in New York City and Martin Block, who came up with the phrase "Make-Believe-Ballroom," back when DJs selected their own music.

In 1950 KFWB was acquired by general manager Harry Maizlish and moved from the Warner Brothers lot to Hollywood Boulevard alongside sister FM station KFMV. Rock and roll became the station's focus starting in 1958 when ownership changed hands to Crowell-Collier Broadcasting and Chuck Blore took over programming. The station was an early version of top 40 radio branded as "Channel 98 Color Radio." They billed their air staff as "Seven Swingin' Gentlemen," which consisted of Bill Ballance, B. Mitchel Reid, Bruce Hayes, Al Jarvis, Elliot Field, Ted Quillin and Joe Yocam. Later jocks by 1963 included Bobby Dale, Jim Hawthorne, Gene Weed, Earl McDaniel and Wink Martindale.

KFWB was a leading top 40 station at 980 AM in the early sixties but began to become overshadowed by other AM top 40 giants KRLA and KHJ in the mid-sixties. The station was bought by Westinghouse in 1966. Two years later on March 11, 1968 KFWB became an all news station, eventually in the hands of CBS.

KFWB Personnel

1932-1960 Al Javis, also 1962
1942-1968 Joe Yocam, also 1965
1955-1965 Bill Ballance
1957-1963 B. Mitchel Reid
1958-1961 Ted Quillin
1958-1961 Bruce Hayes (morning)
1958-1961 Tiger (Bea Shaw)
1960-1967 Bob Sharon
1961-1962 Gary Owens
1961-1961 Joe Smith
1961-1965 Roger Christian, also 1967-1968
1962-1968 Don Anti
1963-1964 Brian Simmons
1963-1965 Sam Riddle
1963-1967 Jimmy O'Neill
1964-1965 Bill Slater
1964-1966 Dick Spangler
1965-1965 Mike Ambrose
1965-1966 Reb Foster
1966-1969 Bill Taylor
1967-1967 Ted Alvy
1968-1971 Art Blaske
1968-1971 Paul Cassidy
1968-1980 Chet Douglas (morning news anchor)
1971-1972 Leo McElroy


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